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Divisibility tests
These are simple tricks to test what a number can
be shared by .
We are going to learn tricks for testing if a
number can be shared by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and
multiples of 10.
Divisibility tests
This is a typical SATs question that can be solved
by divisibility tests.
x
x
= 150
Here we are asked to list 3 numbers that can be
multiplied to make 150. Think about it. We will
come back to this question after we learn our
skills.
Divisibility tests
Divisible by 2?
If a number is divisible by 2…
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Divisible by 2?
If a number is divisible by 2…
It ends with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
(in other words it’s an EVEN number.)
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Divisible by 3?
If a number is divisible by 3…
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Divisible by 3?
If a number is divisible by 3…
It’s digit sum is 3, 6, or 9.
The digit sum is when you add the digits in the
number repeating until you get to 1 digit.
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Divisible by 3?
So the number 1467 has a digit sum of 9
1 + 4 + 6 + 7 = 18
then
So 1467 is divisible by 3.
1+8=9
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Divisible by 4?
If a number is divisible by 4…
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Divisible by 4?
If a number is divisible by 4…
If we half the number, and the result is even,
then our number is divisible by 4.
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Divisible by 4?
If a number is divisible by 4…
If the last 2 digits of a number are divisible by 4,
then our number is as well.
4 655 728 is divisible by 4 because 28 is divisible
by 4.
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Divisible by 5?
If a number is divisible by 5…
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Divisible by 5?
If a number is divisible by 5…
It ends with a 5 or a 0.
5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, …
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Divisible by 6?
If a number is divisible by 6…
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Divisible by 6?
If a number is divisible by 6…
It passes the tests for both divisibility by 2 and
divisibility by 3.
In other words – an EVEN number with digit sum
3, 6 or 9
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Divisible by 7?
If a number is divisible by 7…
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Divisible by 7?
If a number is divisible by 7…
It appears in the 7 times table!
Sorry! You’ll just have to learn it because there is
no trick for 7s!
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Divisible by 8?
If a number is divisible by 8…
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Divisible by 8?
If a number is divisible by 8…
If you halve it, and halve it again, the result is an
even number.
If the last 3 digits are divisible by 8, the whole
number will be.
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Divisible by 8?
If a number is divisible by 8…
So 2, 560, 104 is divisible by 8 because 104 is
divisible by 8.
( 104 ÷ 2 = 52
52 ÷ 2 = 26
26 is EVEN. )
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Divisible by 9?
If a number is divisible by 9…
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Divisible by 9?
If a number is divisible by 9…
It’s digit sum is 9
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Divisible by 9?
If a number is divisible by 9…
It’s digit sum is 9
This means it is also divisible by 3!
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Divisible by 10?
If a number is divisible by 10…
It ends in a 0
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Divisible by 10?
If a number is divisible by 10…
It ends in a 0
So these numbers are also divisible by 2 and 5
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Divisible by 100?
If a number is divisible by 100…
It ends in a 00
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Divisible by 1000?
If a number is divisible by 1000…
It ends in a 000
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Divisible by 1000?
If a number is divisible by 1000…
It ends in a 000
And so on…
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Divisible by …?
2: ends with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
3: digit sum is 3, 6, or 9
4: halve last 2 digits and the result is even
5: ends with 5 or 0
6: ends with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0 AND digit sum is 3, 6, or 9
7: 8: Halve the last 3 digits twice, and the result is even.
9: digit sum is 9
10: ends with 0
Divisibility tests
Remember this question…
x
x
= 150
Test 150 to see what can go in the boxes.
Divisibility tests
Remember this question…
x
x
= 150
150 is divisible by 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10 amongst
other numbers (pick any one for the first box)
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Remember this question…
2
x
x
150 ÷ 2 = 75
= 150
Divisibility tests
Remember this question…
2
x
x
= 150
These must multiply to
make 75
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Remember this question…
2
x
x
Test 75 for divisibility
= 150
Divisibility tests
Remember this question…
2
x
x
= 150
75 is divisible by 3 and 5 among others (pick
either for second box).
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Remember this question…
2
x
3
75 ÷ 3 = 25
x
= 150
Divisibility tests
Remember this question…
2
x
3
x
25
= 150
This is one solution. Can you think of others?

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